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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL15235

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £37,411 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL15235
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 02-Oct-2018
Closing date: 13-Nov-2018

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The School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the project “Combined LAPS and SICM for multimodal live cell imaging” funded through EPSRC under the supervision of Dr Steffi Krause and Dr Pavel Novak.

In this multidisciplinary project, two electrochemical imaging techniques, light-addressable potentiometric sensors (LAPS) and scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM), will be combined for the first time to create a novel instrument suitable for functional electrochemical imaging on both sides of a layer of cells. The release of reagents locally on the apical side while continuously imaging ion concentrations and cell impedance basally will provide us with new insights into the transport mechanisms through tissues with unprecedented detail and contribute to the understanding of physiological processes and disease mechanisms.

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD in physics, chemistry or electronics, have excellent oral and written communication skills and experience in instrument development. You will work with two research groups with strong track records in the development of instrumentation for electrochemical imaging and the development of devices with different sensor functionalities. You will build a new setup that integrates the photo-electrochemical imaging technique LAPS with the scanning probe technique SICM and write a LabView program for controlling the imaging and data acquisition functions of the instrument. In the second part of the project, you will modify LAPS chips with compounds provided by our collaborator to achieve sensing functionality for different ions. The instrument will be validated by simultaneous apical and basal imaging of two in-vitro cell models.

Previous experience of LAPS, photo-electrochemical or scanning probe imaging is desirable. The candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. The project will be co-supervised by Dr Steffi Krause and Dr Pavel Novak.

The post is full time and fixed term for 36 months. The project is funded by EPSRC and is expected to start within the next few months. The starting salary will be £37,411 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. (Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, a defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan).

Additional Information

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Steffi Krause

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To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL15235.

The closing date for applications is 13th November 2018 and interviews are anticipated to be held on 22nd November 2018.

The School of Engineering & Materials Science and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science


The School of Engineering and Material Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE.   We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.


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